MGR Fluid Power, one of just a handful of manufacturers still producing hydraulic safety blocks in the UK, has just completed a significant order for a major Singapore company.
MGR Fluid Power has successfully delivered a unit of 14 safety blocks to Bloomfosse PTE Ltd for use in hydraulic actuators used in the marine and offshore energy sector.
According to MGR, key to winning the deal was the fact that the business is uniquely positioned to fulfil orders straight from stock, resulting in considerably shorter lead times for buyers.
The deal may have been MGR’s first foray into South East Asia, but the customer was so satisfied, it quickly placed an order for a further shipment.
The deal is particularly significant for the UK manufacturing industry, as it demonstrates that the country is continuing to compete on a global stage when it comes to hydraulic component manufacturing.
Two decades ago there was a plethora of hydraulic component manufacturers in the UK, but many have since been purchased by larger, overseas hydraulics companies and production offshored.
MGR Fluid Power is one UK manufacturing businesses bucking the trend, having recently moved to a larger premises in the Midlands – increasing its production premises by 500 sq ft.
Its managing director, Mike Retford explained: “As a user and integrator of components, we often find that we have to purchase a lot of products that are manufactured and stocked outside of the UK, predominantly in Italy and Germany.
“Next day delivery is not always available but, if it is, it can be prohibitively expensive. This is why we made the decision to manufacture our range of safety blocks to stock. We’re probably the only hydraulics manufacturer in the UK to do this, which means we are able to work to significantly reduced lead times for buyers both in the UK and overseas.”
In order to successfully close the deal, MGR Fluid Power worked closely with Torishima Singapore, its group partner in the region, which helped to facilitate the contract, as well as quality testing and certifying the safety blocks.
Looking ahead, the two businesses are working together to raise the profile of MGR’s UK manufactured products on a global scale.